Jake Allen of Fredericton, New Brunswick recorded his 22nd career National Hockey League shutout on Thursday. The ninth-year netminder made 45 saves as the Montreal Canadiens blanked the San Jose Sharks 4-0 from the SAP Center in San Jose, California.
This was Allen’s first shutout with the Canadiens in 36 games. Of Allen’s 21 prior shutouts, all of them came with the St. Louis Blues.
The 45 saves Allen made on Thursday tied a career high for the most number of saves he made in a shutout. He also made 45 saves for the Blues on November 7, 2015 in a 4-0 St. Louis win over the Nashville Predators.
Now it seems Allen is slowly getting his game back on track after a tough start. To begin the season, Allen has had five losses, which lead the NHL. The Canadiens have not yet had the services of Canadian Olympic gold medalist Carey Price of Vancouver, British Columbia to start the year. Price, who is in the NHL/National Hockey League Players’ Association Player Assistance program, had offseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
The win over the Sharks, was the Canadiens’ second win of the 2021-22 NHL season. They previously beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 on Saturday.